By Rachel Jamerson
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There is a simple answer to that question – your enemy doesn’t want you to know the truth about anything. If you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, you will have no desire to know truth. If you do - then you know you should but are you allowing the enemy to keep you from it? There are many excuses for not reading or studying the scriptures. I don’t have time, they are too hard to understand, I need someone to explain them to me. If you are a believer you have no valid excuse. The only thing anyone needs to understand scripture is the Holy Spirit, which you have IF you have embraced the Redeemer – Jesus Christ – Yeshua.
John 14:26 (KJV) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:17 (KJV) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
1 John 2:20-21 (KJV) But ye have an unction (anointing) from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
1 John 2:27 (KJV) But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Why is it important to know scripture (truth)? If you were traveling to a foreign country and did not speak their language would you want to know more before you got there? If you didn’t you would be at the mercy of those around you and the possibility that you would suffer loss and/or harm would be very high.
Believers have been sold a bill of goods down through the ages – (by the enemy) – that it’s not all that important. As a result most are wandering in dangerous and unfamiliar territory taking directions from the enemy. If you are a believer the Holy Spirit will reveal your need to know the truth – but that does not always lead to study. I would dare say that in most cases it does not.
Another fact to consider is where are you leading those who follow you? Until they have accepted Jesus (Yeshua) your children do not have the capacity to know the scriptures. By the age of accountability what have they learned from you that is not the truth?
The scriptures are made up of Law, History, Wisdom, Poetry, Gospel, Epistles, Prophecy, and Apocalyptic Literature. While all scripture is beneficial there is one special area that speaks to the purpose of the entire collection of scriptures. That is Prophesy which is the foretelling of future events.
2 Peter 1:19-21 (KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
We learn a lot from the history of God’s people. It is interwoven with all scripture. The books of prophesy are rich with knowledge and insight and are a map to the future of mankind. God doesn’t want His people to be ignorant. He wants them to be prepared.
The book we refer to as Revelation was written by the apostle John at the end of the apostolic age, around 100AD. By this time Jerusalem had been destroyed and the people scattered throughout the world. However there were groups of believers who still followed the teaching of Jesus scattered throughout the area surrounding the land of Israel. Revelation was addressed to these groups referred to in scripture as the seven churches in Asia.
Revelation 1:4 (KJV) John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
This book is a result of John’s vision while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. It was to show the believers what would happen in the end of the (church) age. This prophesy was first addressed in the book of Daniel while still in exile in Babylon. The prophesy of Daniel covered the empires from the time of Daniel to the time of the Anti-Christ. The last rule was only touched on. Details concerning the last empire are explained by John in Revelation.
The children of Israel were in exile and their land lay desolate due to their sins and disobedience to God. Daniel was greatly disturbed concerning his people and prayed to God daily. God responded to Daniel with visions concerning the future of the Israelite s.
Prophesy is the only way to know future events. God has provided His people with this information. There is blessing in reading/hearing these words. God would not have His people ignorant. For this reason He raised up prophets of old to reveal these mysteries to those who seek them out.
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